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White House dismisses "conspiracy theory" in US Senate race

The Wall Street Journal reports today that three (unnamed) Florida Democrats supporting Gov. Charlie Crist's Senate bid talked with the White House and gained the impression that it "might be open to discussing the level of passion that it would put behind Mr. (Kendrick) Meek's candidacy.

"Mr. Crist's path to victory would become easier if the president refrained from singling him out for criticism or from making Mr. Meek's election a top priority during the busy campaign season," the Journal reported.

But a spokeswoman for the White House sought to refute the story, calling Meek "the President’s candidate.

"And we are confident that he will make an excellent Senator from the state of Florida," spokeswoman Moira Mack said. "The President was with Congressman Meek just a few weeks ago and it would be safe to guess he’ll be down in Florida again before the election. It is nothing more than conspiracy theory to suggest the President is backing anyone else."